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The Great Hargeisa Goat Bubble Bihi, a Somali with a degree in economics who has made and lost a fortune in the virtual goat market. Previous post: Understanding the jargon of Brexit. Next post: The European Court of Justice may have rescued Italy’s banks. The Great Hargeisa Goat Bubble has 3 ratings and 0 reviews: Published September by DailyLit, 35 pages, Kindle Edition.

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Cult singer, award-winning writer and hero of the Somaliland independence movement, Julian Gough has now come full circle.

He started in Galway in the late s with indie band Toasted Heretic, and returns this week for the opening of his first play, The Great Goat Bubble details below. At 15, Gough was asked by a teacher what he wanted to be.

The Great Hargeisa Goat Bubble

That ambition has proven remarkably resilient. Various novels have emerged, to critical acclaim, and his short stories have won awards and gone viral.

The Great Goat Bubble at first appears to be a delightfully absurd piece of fiction. Gough, a keen observer of economics, was intrigued by the dotcom bubble of the late s.


Shortly after it burst, he happened to read an interview with the air traffic controller for Somalia, then — and still — in a collapsed state with barely any infrastructure. The controller told of an incident where a goat had wandered on to a runway and been killed by a plane, and its owner had sought compensation from the UN, which ran the airport; under Somali tradition, the compensation would be twice the value of the goat.

What, Gough wondered, might have happened had he paid out? Might the herders have started to herd their goats on to the runways, in expectation of compensation?

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Would they have started buying goats, at whatever price, in order to herd them under the planes? In other words, what happens when the value of something is based solely on the expectation of its price in the market instead of on its real utility? The resulting story is a fable about economics, and it should hargeiaa a bitterly familiar ring for Irish ears.

He wrote the narrative for the end of the huge hit Minecraft, and is entranced by the creative potential of digital technology. For all that, he has a new faith in the theatre.

You have to be there, to be haregisa present: With Glengarry Glen Ross having hwrgeisa finished at the Gate, those seeking a further fix of David Mamet can get it in his provocative play on sexism and political correctness, Oleanna, in a production by Company D.

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The Great Hargeisa Goat Bubble was originally published in the Financial Times and was indeed the first short story they ever published. Please do feel free to print out, copy, email, or otherwise distribute The Great Hargeisa Goat Bubble to your friends.

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